Freud and Beyond

A History of Modern Psychoanalytic Thought

by Stephen A. Mitchell, Margaret J. Black

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  • 9780465098828
The classic, in-depth history of psychoanalysis, presenting over a hundred years of thought and theories

Sigmund Freud's concepts have become a part of our psychological vocabulary: unconscious thoughts and feelings, conflict, the meaning of dreams, the sensuality of childhood. But psychoanalytic thinking has undergone an enormous expansion and transformation since Freud's death in 1939. With Freud and Beyond, Stephen A. Mitchell and Margaret J. Black make the full scope of twentieth century psychoanalytic thinking-from Harry Stack Sullivan to Jacques Lacan; D.W. Winnicott to Melanie Klein-available for the first time.

Richly illustrated with case examples, this lively, jargon-free introduction makes modern psychoanalytic thought accessible at last.


  • Basic Books; May 2016
  • ISBN: 9780465098828
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  • Title: Freud and Beyond
  • Author: Stephen A. Mitchell; Margaret J. Black
  • Imprint: Basic Books
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  • 9780465014040
  • 9780465098828

In The Press

"Psychoanalysis is only valuable as uncommon common sense. Freud and Beyond is such an impressive and useful book because it makes psychoanalysis even more interesting by making it accessible."—Adam Phillips, author of Missing Out


About The Author

Stephen A. Mitchell (1946-2000) was a leader in the field of modern psychoanalysis. An adjunct professor and clinical supervisor at New York University's postdoctoral program in psychotherapy and psychoanalysis, Mitchell's emphasis on the relational perspective shaped the way that American psychoanalysts practice their profession. He was the founding editor of the journal Psychoanalytic Dialogues and the author of several influential books, including Object Relations in Psychoanalytic Theory and Hope and Dread in Psychoanalysis.


Margaret J. Black, LCSW, is founding board member of the Stephen Mitchell Center for Relational Studies. She is also a board director of the National Institute for the Psychotherapies, a founding board member and vice president of International Association for Relational Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, an associate editor of Psychoanalytic Dialogues, and a member of the editorial board for Studies in Gender and Sexuality. She holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MS from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the Analytic Institute, Postgraduate Center.